Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina gave the "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" some of its best ratings and showed a ton of poise when she came on Monday to joke around with the host and grab a mic to sing songs about her dogs.
She proved her singing chops on a dogged version of "Rock Around the Clock" after Fallon pressed her about the fact she sings similar songs to her grandchildren, noted NBC News
Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard boss whose debate win on Wednesday propelled her to second in Republican polls after Donald Trump, also took the opportunity to jab at third-place GOP rival Ben Carson for saying on Sunday that he could not see a Muslim becoming president of the United States, said ABC News
"I think that's wrong," Fiorina told Fallon. "You know, it says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office. It is also true that this country was founded on the principle that we judge each individual and that anyone, of any faith, is welcome here."
Fiorina said she believes a person's faith is important because it helps "make better leaders," citing her own Christian faith in helping her through difficult times.
"I battled cancer, I've lost a child," said Fiorina. "I've been tested, but whether it's a person of Christian faith or Jewish faith or Muslim faith, or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility and empathy and optimism and i think those are important things."
Fiorina's appearance gave "The Tonight Show" its best Monday overnight score in the past 18 months, said Variety
. "The Tonight Show" averaged a 3.2 household rating and an eight share, per Nielsen's meter ratings, compared to a 2.5 rating for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and a 1.9 rating for "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Notably, Fiorina went head-to-head with fellow GOP presidential rival Ted Cruz, who appeared on "Late Night" Monday. Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
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